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Hunt for Swansea wine merchants armed raiders

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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POLICE are hunting armed robbers who raided a Swansea wine merchants and made off with hundreds of pounds.

Two men, one brandishing a shotgun, entered Dylans Wine Merchants in Dillwyn Road, Sketty, and demanded money from the shopkeeper.

The pair were wearing fluorescent yellow workmen's outfits and left the store with hundreds of pounds in cash.

They made off in a silver van owned by the business bearing its logo on the side which was stolen from outside the premises and later found an hour later in a lane at Briar Dene in Sketty Park.

No one was injured in the robbery which happened at 11.50am on Saturday.

The armed man is described as being of average build, white and between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in. His accomplice was of skinny build and between 6ft 2in and 6ft 4in.

Police are urging anyone who was in the Dillwyn Road area shortly before noon or in the Briar Dene area between noon and 2pm on Saturday who may have noticed something suspicious to get in contact.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Benson-Davison said: "Armed robbery is an offence not often committed within the communities of South Wales and I would like to reassure the residents of Swansea that we have a team of specialist officers working hard to locate these men.

"We are doing everything we can to find who is responsible.

"Thankfully the shopkeeper wasn't injured but he has been through an ordeal and is very shaken.

"We want the public's help and are appealing to anybody who may have noticed anything suspicious, however insignificant it may seem, to contact us.

"We are also sure that there are people out there who know who did this.

"They may have suspicions about somebody they know who has a shotgun, which may or may not be a replica, or they might have come across fluorescent clothing which may be out of the ordinary. They can contact Crimestoppers anonymously if they prefer."

People with information can contact South Wales Police's 101 number or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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